Film: Before Sunset

We watched this over Easter.


It’s nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.

“Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on the train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris, talking about their experiences, views and whether they still love each other, although Jesse is already married with a kid.”

Julie Delpy – A Waltz For A Night

Let me sing you a waltz
Out of nowhere, out of my thoughts
Let me sing you a waltz
About this one night stand

You were for me that night
Everything I always dreamt of in life
But now you’re gone
You are far gone
All the way to your island of rain
It was for you just a one night thing
But you were much more to me
Just so you know

I hear rumors about you
About all the bad things you do
But when we were together alone
You didn’t seem like a player at all

I don’t care what they say
I know what you meant for me that day
I just wanted another try
I just wanted another night
Even if it doesn’t seem quite right
You meant for me much more
Than anyone I’ve met before

One single night with you little Jesse
Is worth a thousand with anybody

I have no bitterness, my sweet
I’ll never forget this one night thing
Even tomorrow, another arms

My heart will stay yours until I die
Let me sing you a waltz
Out of nowhere, out of my blues
Let me sing you a waltz
About this lovely one night stand

What I got out of it

It contains an immortal line that Jesse’s marital home-life involves “running a childcare centre with the woman he used to date”  The film ends with him enjoying his time so much with Celine that he will miss his flight back to the USA. The first part of the film is romantically enticing, but the second sees them trashing their current love lives and wondering if they went wrong by being frustrated in their attempts to keep in touch with each other go nine years earlier. It seems you can’t expect passion to last in marriage that it is inevitable that mothers will be subsumed into motherhood at the expense of their partners needs.  The ending frustrated my wife who wanted to see marriage emerge victorious and not weakened and flawed.

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